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A Catholic Response to California’s Assisted Suicide Legislation

A Catholic Response to California’s Assisted Suicide Legislation

UPDATE: Governor Jerry Brown signed the law which legalizes physician-assisted suicide in California. Pray for all who seek to end their lives prematurely, and for the protection of all life from conception to natural death.

On Wednesday the state Assembly of California passed a bill that would allow physicians to intentionally end the life of a patient by prescribing life-ending drugs. The bill still awaits final approval from the state Senate, but the bill’s passage in the Assembly has many Catholics concerned.

Jesuit priest Father Robert Spitzer recently joined host Chris Aubert on Right Here, Right Now to discuss whether the issue of assisted suicide is acceptable in some cases or whether it is an intrinsic evil; and also how Catholics should respond to fellow Catholics who approve of physician-assisted suicide. Listen below for Father Spitzer’s responses:

Get more Catholic insights into current events by tuning in to Right Here, Right Now with Chris Aubert weekdays from 1:00-3:00pm Pacific

Immaculate Heart Radio Now On the Air in Payson, AZ

Immaculate Heart Radio Now On the Air in Payson, AZ

Immaculate Heart Radio has added a new station, and can now be heard in Payson, AZ on KPIH-LP 98.9 FM. Payson is located 90 miles northeast of Phoenix, and the new station was made possible by the efforts and generosity of local donors.

Father Edward Lucero (pictured above, center) blessed the station on Wednesday.  Deacon Tom Fox, president of the board of directors of the Rim Catholic Evangelization Association, said of the new station:

“There are many errors and misunderstands about what the Catholic Church teaches. In addition, there are older members of the greater Payson area who may not be as mobile as they once were — listening to Catholic programming will help them to feel connected to their faith.”

Read more at the Payson Roundup web site.

Bishop Olmsted Releases Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men

Bishop Olmsted Releases Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix recently released an Apostolic Exhortation, specifically to the men in his diocese, calling on them to realize the mission that Christ has called them to as Catholic men. The exhortation has it’s own trailer, which you can watch below:

Bishop Olmsted begins the exhortation:

I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ: Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.

The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would be (1 Peter 5:8-14). This battle is occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident. Since AD 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, infant baptism has dropped by 28%, adult baptism has dropped by 31%, and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%.[1] This is a serious breach, a gaping hole in Christ’s battle lines. While the Diocese of Phoenix has fared better than these national statistics, the losses are staggering.

One of the key reasons that the Church is faltering under the attacks of Satan is that many Catholic men have not been willing to “step into the breach” – to fill this gap that lies open and vulnerable to further attack. A large number have left the faith, and many who remain “Catholic” practice the faith timidly and are only minimally committed to passing the faith on to their children. Recent research shows that large numbers of young Catholic men are leaving the faith to become “nones” – men who have no religious affiliation. The growing losses of young Catholic men will have a devastating impact on the Church in America in the coming decades, as older men pass away and young men fail to remain and marry in the Church, accelerating the losses that have already occurred.

These facts are devastating. As our fathers, brothers, uncles, sons, and friends fall away from the Church, they fall deeper and deeper into sin, breaking their bonds with God and leaving them vulnerable to the fires of Hell. While we know that Christ welcomes back every repentant sinner, the truth is that large numbers of Catholic men are failing to keep the promises they made at their children’s baptisms – promises to bring them to Christ and to raise them in the faith of the Church.

This crisis is evident in the discouragement and disengagement of Catholic men like you and me. In fact, this is precisely why I believe this Exhortation is needed, and it is also the reason for my hope, for God constantly overcomes evil with good. The joy of the Gospel is stronger than the sadness wrought by sin! A throw-away culture cannot withstand the new life and light that constantly radiates from Christ. So I call upon you to open your minds and hearts to Him, the Savior who strengthens you to step into the breach!

Purpose of this Exhortation

I offer this Exhortation as an encouragement, a challenge, and a calling forth to mission for every willing man in the Diocese of Phoenix: priests and deacons, husbands, fathers and sons, grandfathers and widowers, young men in preparation for your vocation – that is, each and every man. With this Exhortation, I want to clarify for you the nature of this mission from Christ, for which I will rely on the clear guidance of the Holy Scriptures, the Magisterium of the Church, and the example of the saints.

In this Exhortation, I will address three primary questions:

  • What does it mean to be a Christian man?
  • How does a Catholic man love?
  • Why is fatherhood, fully understood, so crucial for every man?

Go to the “Into The Breach” web site to read it all. The Apostolic Exhortation is available in both English and Spanish.